Raid 7: Washington Monument By: Tyler Kendrick

History of the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument was built in honor of the first president of the United States, George Washington. The Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington, D.C and no building in D.C is allowed to be taller than it. The Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world until the Eiffel Tower was built. The Washington Monument is located in the National Mall that consists of other memorials like: Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial, Korean War Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veteran Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. It cost nearly $30 million to complete the building. Around the Washington Monument are 50 flags that represent each state. The Washington Monument/Reflection Pool has been the grounds of many speeches, such as Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" and presidential Inauguration Addressed.

The Washington Monument is 555 feet tall and 55 feet wide. The Reflection pool is 20029 feet long and 167 feet wide.

My Process

To start out with the process, I decided to put the buildings to scale. After doing these calculations, I had to find a place to build it. I found an open area and I started with the reflection pool. I decided to use sandstone to build the foundation of both the Reflection pool and the Washington Monument. After creating the base and build it to hold water, I added the water and leveled out the ground around it to make it flow better.

After doing this, I started the foundations of the Washington Monument on one side of the Reflection Pool. I had to make sure that it was in the center of the reflection pool. After starting the base, I made sure everything was how I wanted.

I built straight up after this and then I started to do the roof, which was the hardest part of the entire build. In the real Washington Monument, that part is smooth and to a point. I don't think thats possible, so I used the stairs to make it smaller and smaller.

Failures:

I had MANY failures during this build. I am terrible at Minecraft and I continue to delete blocks I did not want too or added blocks places I did not want too. Another failure is that did the reflection pool in an even number, so it made the Washington Monument not centered. So I had to go change it and fix the size that it messed up. The last failure was a big one, which was the roof. I could not do it flat and that made it look different then which it actually is. A main failure is not knowing how to operate Minecraft as good as I should be able to.

Overall

Overall, I would say that this project was barely a success. Doing the website was the probably the easiest part of the entire project. It took me 4.5 hours to build and 1.5 hours to do the website. It was the best of all my Minecraft assignments.

Credits:

Created with images by KBOutdoors - "washington dc monument" • tpsdave - "washington monument sunset twilight"

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